The Brazos Valley Bucket List - The Leona Drug Store

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Leona is a small town but every weekend hundreds of Texans come from all over the state to visit the community with one yellow light and one incredible stop.

Just a few steps from the famous Leona General Store, you'll find the Leona Drug Store. Once you walk inside, be prepared to feel like Calvin Coolidge is still President.

The drug store was built in 1923 and last year it went through a year and a half restoration by owner Donald House.

"Our original intent really was to just restore the building but once we got the soda fountain in and had it looking right, we said well shoot we might as well run it," said House.

Known for their sodas made with carbonated water and syrup, the whole process can be a little confusing for little ones who may have never seen anything like it before.

"They come in, they sit on the stool, and they look kind of starry eyed and just don't know what to order. Sometimes they'll just say I want a Coke. Well we got a whole lot more than Coke," said House with a smile.

Not only can you get shakes, malts, ice cream floats, and sundaes, you can get just about everything even a real Dublin Dr. Pepper.

"People are saying that this is the best they've ever had, and it may be because we're able to make it richer. Only with a soda fountain can you do that," said House.

But Don didn't just open the drug store to take people back in time, he did it for his family.

"This is a place where my father used to come as a boy. He and the siblings would come in by wagon, they would give them a nickel a piece to spend in town and this was once of the places they would come," said House.

And with the doors to the drug store back open, Leona has something to lean on, keeping it on the map thanks to its tasty treats.

"It feels good to do this for the community. There is something here rather than just a flashing light. There is a reason to come to Leona."

The Leona Drug Store a simply sweet stop on our Brazos Valley Bucket List.

The Leona Drug Store has only been open since September and you can only enjoy those tasty treats on the weekend.

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